New Zealand's role in international climate change policy

This page outlines New Zealand’s role in international climate change policy and lists government agencies responsible for policy development. It contains links to New Zealand’s recent submissions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

About New Zealand's international climate change policy

New Zealand participates in international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), its Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is the new global agreement on climate change. It was adopted by Parties under the UNFCCC on 12 December 2015 and commits all countries to take action on climate change. New Zealand ratified the Paris Agreement on 4 October 2016, and the agreement entered into force internationally on 4 November 2016.

For more information on the Paris Agreement see the Paris Agreement web page. 

Role of the Climate Change Minister

Hon James Shaw is the Climate Change Minister and has direct responsibility for the overall climate change policy direction for New Zealand at the domestic and international level. This includes representing New Zealand in international negotiations on climate change.

Policy development

New Zealand’s international climate change policy is developed collaboratively by the:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Ministry for the Environment
  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • The Treasury
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

New Zealand’s recent submissions to the UNFCCC

New Zealand routinely submits to the UNFCCC Secretariat its views on substantive and technical aspects of the climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC. 

See Submissions from Parties [UNFCCC website]

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Reviewed:
15/06/18